Lincoln – Annual Grosseteste Day 2016

Friday 7th October saw the the Annual Grosseteste Day lecture at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, on Friday 7th October. In succession to another Ordered Universe stalwart, Michael Huxtable, whose tour of Grosseteste’s rich and layered Anglo-Norman poem the Chateau d’Amour was the subject of the 2015 lecture, Giles Gasper explored the second of Grosseteste’s scientific treatises, the De generatione sonorum – On the Generation of Sounds. The occasion was a double celebration since it marked the formal book launch of the volume of essays deriving from the International Grosseteste Society Conference, Continue reading

Sound Medieval and Sound Modern: Reading the De generatione sonorum

IMG_2825IMG_2824As Tom’s earlier post indicated, the collaborative reading sessions on the De generatione sonorum exceeded our expectations. We get through the whole of the text over the course of the three sessions, but made substantial progress in establishing the reading of the text, and, as we have done time and again, enjoyed collectively identifying and following the precision and self-consistency of Grosseteste’s writing. The treatise is constructed effectively over two parts, the first deals with both the generation of sound in the abstract, the second relates this to the production of the human voice and to vowel and consonantal sounds. John Coleman gave an introduction to phonetics and vocal production, using audio-visual examples, as well as himself, as you can see on the right. This discussion provided an important anchor in our intellectual movements between the medieval and modern understanding of sound. Continue reading